MacPhee House Community Museum
Tourism Region: Marine Drive
The museum is upstairs in a 100+ year old house that has been a private home, Post Office, Grocery Store, and rooming house; relocated to its present site on an old pulp mill property from the centre of Sheet Harbour in the 1980s.
The collection "Life Before Plastic" [C] exhibits domestic and institutional life on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia from about 1850 to 1950.
About the Collections
The "Life Before Plastic"[C] exhibit showcases artefacts of domestic and small agricultural use in the "At Home" gallery. ndustrial, Commercial, educational and Health Care artefacts are exhibited in the "Away" gallery.
The Foyer houses mainly larger artefacts, and those related to ship building.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 450
There is an archive of photographs and some video and film records. Original photographs are not exhibited, only reproductions. The majority of the archive has yet to be catalogued
Films and Videos •
The museum currently has one Photo Print of an original painting by a local artist, one oil painting by a local artist, and a watercolour of a scene in Halifax by an unknown artist.
Modern • Historical
Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings
The exhibits are not arranged in separate human history catagories, but include artefacts as indicated below.
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Marine History and Technology
Medical History and Technology
Military History and Technology
Religious or Liturgical Objects
: Non-motorized ground
Other: The "Imaging" category includes a Stereoscope and slides.
Services & Activities
The museum staff (volunteer) is available to answer visitor questions, and provide interpretive information while on site.
We have provided tours by local school and Guide classes.
MacPhee House has a Visitor Information Centre which is open in season.
All usual activities of a VIC are available.
Resturants and accomodation are available locally.
Information Centre or Desk
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Other: Note: The museum itself is NOT Wheelchair accessible. The categories under Special Needs above reference the Washroom facilities only.
Other Guided Tours: Guided tours by groups available upon request and a minimium of 1 week notice.
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 1
Activities: Design and construction of exhibit displays.
Composition, production and placement of interpretive signage.
General maintenance of exhibits.
Record keeping and data entry.
Purchasing of supplies.
There are picnic tables available in the grounds of MacPhee House, affording views of the West River and Falls.
Take out foods are available at nearby resturants.
22404 # 7 Highway
Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia
|Telephone:||902 885 2595|
MacPhee House Community Museum
PO Box 239, Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia
Hours of Operation
By Appointment •
Mid May to end of August. Out of season visitors by appointment on minimum of 1 week notice. Depending on staffing, the museum is sometimes open daily through October.
Open: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Open on all Holidays in season
Donations and comments are encouraged, and much appreciated.